Essex: Teen given suspended sentence for death by careless driving case (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Essex: Teen given suspended sentence for death by careless driving case
4:04pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A teenager has avoided jail after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.
Joshua Brookes, 20, of Parsonage Close, Chelmsford today appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
This crash occurred about 9.45am on Friday, March 30, 2012 on Waltham Road, Boreham.
Jerzy Wartanowicz, of Hatfield Peverel, was driving his Vauxhall Agila with his 78-year-old wife Jean in the passenger seat when they were struck by Mr Brookes' Citroen Saxo.
Brookes had lost control of his vehicle, crossing onto the wrong side of the road, striking the couple head on.
Mrs Wartanowicz sadly died eight days after the collision from her injuries.
Senior Investigating Officer Inspector Scott Egerton said after the hearing: "Jean Wartanowicz was tragically and unexpectedly taken from her family. Although this conviction can never make up for the loss the family have suffered, I hope that the outcome provides them with some closure and an understanding of how their loved one died.
Mr Brookes had only had his licence for one year and was not an experienced driver. This case should serve as a warning to all drivers, especially young or inexperienced motorists that they must drive in a careful and safe way. If not, they risk destroying the lives of so many people. Mr Brookes has to live the rest of his life with the consequences of his mistake.
"This has been a complex collision which required specialist officers and expert testimony. I would like to praise all the officers involved for their hard work which has brought us to this conclusion.”
Brookes was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and received a three year driving disqualification.
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